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Adoma continues push for senior housing

CONYERS — Diane Adoma is on a mission to bring more senior housing to Rockdale County.

Adoma began her efforts nearly two years ago to expand the housing options for seniors, based on increasing demand. On April 16, Adoma will host a community meeting on the State of Senior Housing in Rockdale. The meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. at the Olivia Haydel Senior Center, 1240 Dogwood Drive. She said anyone 55 or older, who has a parent looking to downsize, or is interested in investing in a senior development is encouraged to attend the meeting.

Adoma addressed the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners Tuesday about the upcoming meeting and the need for senior housing.

“The 55-plus population continues to grow here in Rockdale County, and that includes our veterans,” she said. “According to the (Atlanta Regional Commission) that population is going to continue to grow by over 200 percent by the year 2030.”

With a shortage of senior housing in Rockdale, Adoma said seniors are moving to Newton and DeKalb counties where better housing options are available. That migration, she said, creates an economic drain.

“(Seniors) are the audience that kept the economy afloat in 2006,” she said Friday. “The bottom would have dropped even deeper if it hadn’t been for the Baby Boomers.”

Adoma said the project is moving closer to reality, but one key piece of the puzzle is missing.

“We have secured a letter of intent for financing on a project here in Rockdale County,” she said. “However, one of the challenges we have is finding the proper piece of land so we can apply for low-income housing tax credits.”

At the April 16 meeting, Adoma said she plans to answer questions about the proposed project and gather input from citizens.

Also on hand that day will be Christy Fletcher from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, who will conduct a public hearing to obtain citizen input on the state’s action plan for using federal money to increase affordable housing and economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income Georgians.

“What I’ll be doing is providing updates on the state of Georgia federally funded programs, and then providing an overview of our performance evaluation for the previous year and then opening it up for questions,” Fletcher said.

The state’s action plan covers requirements from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for programs administered through the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Solutions Grant, and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS programs. The plan describes Georgia’s existing housing conditions and how state, local, private and federal resources will be used to address needs.

Those who are unable to attend the public hearing may submit comments by April 21 at 5 p.m. by email to housingplanning@dca.ga.gov or by mailing to Georgia Department of Community Affairs, 60 Executive Park South NE, Atlanta, Ga 30329. For more information about the public hearings, call 404-679-5821.